Evans Public Library is again sponsoring its annual Food for Fines program.
Food for Fines allows people who have library fines to reduce them by donating non-perishable food items that are given to the local food bank.
In these tough economic times, there is an even greater need for services like the Fayette County Food Pantry, which will receive the food collected from Food for Fines.
The Fayette County Food Pantry, managed by C.E.F.S., is located at 517 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia and distributes the food to people in need.
To participate in the program, take non-perishable food items to Evans Public Library, 215 S. Fifth St. in Vandalia through Dec. 31.
For every food item donated, the library will deduct $1 from fines and/or replacement costs of lost or damaged items. There is no limit on the number or amount of fines that can be cleared.
The library does not accept glass; home-canned items; cans that are past their expiration date; dented or damaged cans; or cans with bar codes that have been lined or scratched through.
The library is happy to accept non-fine-related food donations, as well.
Acceptable non-perishable food items include:
• Peanut butter
• Macaroni and cheese
• Spaghetti sauce
• Tuna, salmon, canned meats
• Chicken noodle, vegetable and chili soups
• Box cheese
• Egg, spaghetti noodles
• Tuna, Hamburger Helper
• Biscuit mix
• Canned fruits and vegetables
• Beans, rice
• Pancake mix, syrup
• Packaged potatoes, combination dinners
• Toilet paper
• Paper towels
For more information about Evans Public Library and the Food for Fines program, call 283-2824.
For more information about the Fayette County Food Pantry, call the C.E.F.S, office at 283-2631.